This is from a new collection that I’ve been working on. These are not digital images, but rather mixed media collage pieces, all centered around a nature theme. In the above shot, you can see the embellishments I added to the surface – including a paper butterfly that was inspired by a Lalique pin I saw.
All in all, there are at least 7 techniques used above – probably more, but after 7 it’s really a moot point. These new collages have texture and are all finished with a clear coat of resin to give the surface some depth. So I thought for a while I’d post about these little gems.
On the main substrate of the piece.
I used acrylic paint and Liquitex pouring medium to achieve the cream and white color of the base. Next, I layered Liquitex gel medium over it using a stencil (this one is from Tim Holtz), then used Pebeo Vitrail in sand and white to flood over the dried stencil to get the deeper areas. The Vitrail lightening medium is so easy to use over a textured piece. It carries the color right into the recesses and by flooding the piece with a mixture of Vitrail paints thinned with lightening medium I can get a soft finish with nice color transitions. My next step was to drop on some Pebeo Moon paint…but more on that later.
Then I went to work on a cardstock butterfly. I layered Pebeo Moon and Fantasy paints over the surface (in pearl and gold) and let the effects mix together. I love the way they swirl and change and give an enameled look to a piece. Then came some embellishments (Recollections glitter and little bling gems) all held on with some glossy mod-podge. You never want to use the matte mod-podge over a glitter – it takes away the sparkle. I also let some white Vitrail flow over some little flowers I molded with PaperClay and a small mold I bought years ago. These little flowers then got a gem glued to the center and the edges brushed with PearlEx powders. That really added a little extra sparkle!
In the 1st photo, you can see some faint butterflies with glittery bodies. Those were a photo-transfer using scrapbook paper and gloss gel. Once the gel dries, you can soak it in water and rub off the paper – leaving a transparent “skin” with the image on it. It’s great fun to do while watching TV. I then assembled all of the elements – including some little gears and a big sparkly Bead Landing flower that came from my stash of jewelry supplies and then a coat of clear Gedeo resin – Voila! A mixed media collage that took HOURS but was so entertaining to do.